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4 on the 4th — Golden!

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

This year we took Marek on vacation to celebrate his golden 4th birthday, but we tried to make the actual day a grand celebration just for him.

"It's my birfday? Today? Yay, " he screamed when I woke him up and announced the big news. Then, I made him hash and eggs, his favorite breakfast in the whole world.

Then came a parade in Longview, Wa. I have to hand it to Long View — they know how to throw a parade. There were floats, bands, dancers, cars, tractors, and much, much to Marek's excitement, horses.

"It's this my purrade?"

"Yes, it is. All of these people are here for your parade because it's your birthday."  Yeah, that's what I said. What? Why not let him think the whole nation is partying for him.

"Yay, I love my birfday!"

I don't think I've ever seen more candy than what was being thrown out at this parade. We ended up with a HUGE bag, plus toothbrushes, pins, hats from Liberty tax, flags, even a Squirrel Fest t-shirt that Soren caught out as it shot out of a cannon. It fit me — Score.

Best. Parade. Ever. Seriously. Thanks City of Longview!

Then it was a trip to Target's toy aisles. I let him pick whatever he wanted, thinking he'd want everything and I'd have to widdle down the selection. He picked a big castle and a HULK figure and some sidewalk chalk. That's all he wanted, which is weird, but awesome.

Then it was off make a red, white, and blue Power Ranger cake. Yes, I packed a cake pan and hauled it 1,500 miles so I could bake him his special birthday cake.

Okay, yeah, I get it. It doesn't look like a Power Ranger so much as a bearded king guy but whatever, I was on vacation.

Plus, he liked it.

After that, we headed back into Longview to see their fireworks display. Because of varying firebans the past couple of years in Mesa Count, Marek had never seen big fireworks before. The show is free and the fireworks are lit over Lake Sacajawea which is the dominant feature of their city park.

(Pic by omoriginals.com)

It was a great show. And seeing Marek's litte face light up with every bang made it the best 4th of July I've ever had. We were all sad to see the day end.


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What a great celebration! Happy birthday, Marek!

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